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Project Old Goat - 1965 Cj5a Restomod

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by BadGoat, Feb 1, 2019.

  1. Feb 14, 2020
    BadGoat

    BadGoat How High Can You Climb?

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    Thanks John,
    The axles are out of a mid 70s J10 with drum brakes. I haven't actually measured them, but the rear axle per the table on Pirate 4x4 should be 63.8 inches wide with drum brakes. I did convert the rear axle to discs using a kit from Dave's Customs and some Cadillac Eldorado calipers and it is close to the original width. The front axle is a hybrid as I pulled the Jeep knuckles and replaced them with knuckles and stub shaft from a GM 10 bolt axle for the conversion to disc brakes. It ended up being about 3 inches wider then the rear axle, so it should be close to 67 inches.

    The fenders flares are from Xenon and are 5 inches wide. About 1 inch of tire sticks out past the flares. A different wheel with more backspacing would bring the tires in under the flares.

    The original 350 Vortec engines from the mid-90s do make more useable bottom end torque then a stock 5.3l does. But I figured the LS would at least match the bottom end torque of the original 4 cylinder or Dauntless and it's roughly the same weight. Plus it's very easy to push the 5.3 into the 400-500 hp range with the stock rotating assembly. The head flow and the simplicity of getting fully computer controlled timing and fueling was a big plus for me as well as this will be used as a daily driver once it's complete. I was never any good with tuning carburetors, and I hated rebuilding the ones on my motorcycles every spring to get the crud out of them so EFI was a definite need. The parts availability from the aftermarket is another big plus. I have a 351 Cleveland in an old Ford pickup and getting parts for it is challenging and expensive.

    Mike
     
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  2. Mar 13, 2020
    Dne007

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    :clap::bow: Incredible, love the little video too!!!
    dne'
     
  3. Mar 19, 2020
    BadGoat

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    The wife has been driving the Jeep to work and back and we are finding a few bugs, as you'd expect, but she loves it and that was the goal. I do find that at 5'11" and about 190 lbs, I'm almost too big to drive it with the stock seats. At 5'1". it fits her perfectly. The only challenge she's had is getting in and out of it. I tried a set of the stock type steps, but they rusted out in record time, without even being on the Jeep. A couple of nicks in the paint led to all the paint flaking off from rust. They also hang to low to use off road. So I looked at what was available commercially (I don't have access to a tube bender on the island) and was pretty sure I could make the ones from Poison Spyder fit.

    It took a little modifying (cutting off the front extension to be flush with the front of the tub), and they don't line up with the body mounts, but they fit just fine. For now they are just mounted with the bolts you see. I'll go back later and mount them through the floor too. And the step is a little narrow, but it does work fine.




    Mike
     
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  4. Mar 20, 2020
    BadGoat

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    So after 2 years of working on this Jeep, including 18 months of finishing it in a dirt driveway, it's not surprising that the paint wasn't in as good of shape as when it was first painted. The paint looked fine, even up close. It wasn't as shiny as it might have been, but the biggest thing was when you ran your hand across it, it felt like sandpaper. I ended up having to do a fair bit of metal fabrication to finish her up, so I was cutting, grinding, and welding in close proximity to the Jeep. I had been doing lots of research on how to get the grinder residue off the paint, without having to take it in for a respray. I finally found a product recommended by numerous professional detailers, and they seem to have cornered the market. I know this might sound like a commercial, but I have no affiliation with the company, just a happy customer.

    Chemically, it seems to be a form of weak phosphoric acid. The regime is to wash the Jeep, spray on the IronX, wipe it down, rinse it off, and then clay bar it to remove the contaminants. Repeat until the paint is smooth to the touch. It took me 3 cycles to get all the stuff off. When you spray it, the chemicals turn purple when they come in contact with iron. It's works really well and is mild enough to not damage the trim and plastics. It seems some people use it to clean their wheels of brake dust, although I haven't tried that yet.

    Has anyone else tried this or know of a similar product?

    Spray it on and let it sit for a couple of minutes.



    Wipe it off, rinse it off, clay bar it, and repeat until smooth like butter.


    Mike
     
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  5. Mar 20, 2020
    sgogpn

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    Very nice work; congrats on a really nice Jeep!
    Enjoy!

    Mike
     
  6. Mar 20, 2020
    givemethewillys

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    I've seen that stuff on a few retailers youtube channels recently, and honestly it's new to me. I would have thought clay barring would have gotten most of the contaminants out. Looks like it did a good job! Your jeep is fantastic btw!
     
  7. Mar 21, 2020
    Dne007

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    OMG, that looks fantastic! a beautiful jeep;)
     
  8. Mar 22, 2020
    BadGoat

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    Since you can never have too many projects, I figured it was time to start looking at the hard top that came with this Jeep when I bought it. So I started putting some pieces together and laying it out.

    It has some challenges that I'll need to repair, but it's in better shape then I thought it was. Oh, and it's all aluminum. So it's not as strong as the steel top, but it's much lighter. I think I'll start cleaning and painting it piece by piece. I'm going to keep it off-white for now, but may do an FJ style white roof and body color sides at a later date. The glass is in good shape with the exception of one door window. It will need all new rubber around the glass. The few iron/steel pieces on it are pretty corroded and will need to be cleaned and/or replaced. The door handles and latches seem fine. The mechanism for the rear hatch is a bit tweaked, but should be fixable. It uses standard soft top type door hinges, so no special pieces needed. I'm not sure if it'll line up with the current hinges or not. I also need to do some heat shielding on the firewall and trans tunnel before I try to mount it. The baby Vette LS throws quite a bit of heat with the headers. It's tolerable with a soft top. It'd be an oven with a hard top.

    From when I first bought the Jeep.





    Mike
     
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  9. Mar 24, 2020 at 3:25 PM
    Desert Runner

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    Looks mighty familiar to me :)

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  10. Mar 24, 2020 at 7:07 PM
    Oldriginal86

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    That hard top is a necessity in Pa., not so much in the islands.
     
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